What is an MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive experimental tool used to collect pictures of internal body structures, such as the brain.
Is MRI safe?
Prior to the exam, you will complete a screening form to determine if you have any existing conditions that would compromise your safety or comfort during the scan. For example, individuals with metallic implants or pacemakers would not be eligible to participate. MRI does not involve X-ray. Exposure to radiation is not a risk associated with MRI.
How should I dress for an MRI?
Dress in comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Please avoid wearing clothes with metal snaps or zippers.
What will my exam be like?
A research technician will help you into a comfortable position on a padded scanning table. A small device (called a “head coil”) will be fitted over your head. This device will allow us to produce detailed images of the brain. The technician will then slowly move the scanning table into a large, cylindrical tube where the images will be collected. During the scan, there will be short periods of loud noise generated by the machine. You will be provided with headphones to reduce the intensity of this noise. If you have any questions or concerns during the scan, you can alert the technician through an intercom system.
Can I bring a friend or family member to the scan?
Yes, but they will be asked to wait in a separate room until the exam is over.
Will the MRI exam hurt?
Because you are required to lie completely still for the duration of scan, you may experience mild discomfort from keeping this position.
How long will the scan take?
The scan will take approximately one hour.